Five UK Swimmers Invited to NCAA Women's Championships
Seniors Christina Bechtel and Abby Myers, sophomores Kendal Casey and Danielle Galyer and freshman Bridgette Alexander will represent the Wildcats at the national championships in Greensborough, N.C., March 19-21. UK also earned bids in the 800 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay. Divers will look to qualify at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, March 12-14.
Bechtel, Myers and Galyer, along with diver Christa Cabot, made up UK's NCAA team in 2014. Bechtel will be making her third NCAA Championships appearance and Myers and Galyer each will compete in their second NCAA event. Casey and Alexander both qualified for the first time in their careers.
Bechtel and Myers both qualified in the 100 and 200 butterfly. Bechtel with times of 51.04 and 1:52.36, and Myers in 52.65 and 1:56.48. The school record-holder in both events, Bechtel won the Southeastern Conference championship and owns the nation's fastest time this season in the 200 butterfly.
Alexander and Galyer also qualified in two events, the 100 and 200 backstroke. Galyer is the SEC champion in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.95, while she owns a 52.17in the 100. Alexander enters the NCAA Championships with a 52.95 in the 100 and a 1:53.41 in the 200 backstroke. Galyer owns the program record time in both events, while Alexander is second all-time in the UK record books.
Casey earned her first NCAA Championships bid in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 16:15.91. The second-fastest time in school history, Casey placed 15th overall at the SEC Championships and is seeded 35th at nationals.
Bechtel is seeded first in the 200 butterfly and third in the 100. Galyer is fifth in the 200 backstroke and 17th in the 100, while Alexander is 19th in the 200 and 34th in the 100. Myers is seeded 27th in the 200 butterfly and 34th in the 100.
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